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First, thank you for all the birthday wishes! I’m sorry I didn’t reply to everyone, it’s been a crazy week!

I wasn’t going to weigh in this morning. 

Then I was.

Then I wasn’t.

Then I was.

Then I wasn’t.

Then I checked my email and my new, awesome, Fitbit emailed me a report saying this week I …

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According to the numbers I should have lost a pound. So I hopped on the scale curious if my weigh in would actually support the numbers.

It didn’t.

Now mind you I haven’t even had the device a full week so I wasn’t really expecting a loss but I also wasn’t expected an almost 4-pound gain!


Now, do I really think I gained 4 lbs?

No I don’t.

There are so many darn variables that go into lowering the number on the scale (notice I didn’t say weight.) It’s not as easy as calories in vs. calories out. Don’t get me wrong, I do think you need to eat less to lose weight. Well, I should say I NEEDED to eat less to lose weight. That is how I did it after all.

But now that I’m in a healthy weight range, training with weights, and maintaining, my scale readings don’t always reward me with a lower number for my efforts and that’s just fine. I know I’ve been rocking it.

I feel GREAT!

Isn’t that what really matters? Why do we let some random scale reading tell us otherwise? It’s so counterproductive!

Anyway, that’s my story this week. I’m not changing a thing, just gonna keep doing what I’m doing.

How are you guys doing? Remember, weigh in with or without numbers below. Can’t wait to read your updates! 

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  • Deb

    You’ve also been traveling, yes? That ALWAYS makes me retain water. Scales are stupid. Rock on.

  • carla birnberg

    Im with deb and now also want a fitbit.

  • Chloe@SearchinForAHealthierLif

    The scale definitely isn’t the bee all and end all. The scale said I was up, but it’s not shocking and I probably won’t weigh in until next week at the earliest. Weighing in every week just isn’t working for me at the moment. I don’t need to see it, it’s actually a negative thing for me right now. But I find the scales “usefulness” (probably not a word) varies throughout your life.

    But like you said you feel amazing and that’s all that counts :D!

  • Tamela

    Traveling makes me retain water too. But I have to say one thing I absolutely DESPISE about MFP is the “If every day were like today, you’d weigh xxx in 5 weeks! It’s so misleading. According to MFP, I should have lost at least 4 lbs. in the past 3 weeks, but alas, I’ve not lost a thing.

  • annie

    HW: 260 (pg)
    CW: 226.6 – UGH up 3 lbs, up 5 total
    GW: I90
    H: 5’8″
    Age: 36

    well, i cancelled my ww online and didn’t track for 3 weeks and gained 3 lbs. UGH, so easy to gain, so hard to lose. i am now keeping track pen and paper, kinda. it is clear i have to track and weigh in once a week. i LOVE denial and without those 2 things i think, have the sausage biscuit, you really haven’t eaten that much, but i have i prob. was eating 50 points a day – i love points, makes sense to me.

    anyway, out of denial and on to the scale. i also haven’t read your blog in 2 weeks, reading about people living the healthy life didn’t jive with me. SUCH shame issues. okay this is officially scattered and not making sense.

    hope everyone had a great week,

    • RoniNoone

      You are making total sense. Find the way journaling works for you. Have you tried MFP?

  • Jess @ Just Call Me Janks

    Love your attitude! It’s so easy to get caught up in negative thoughts when the scale doesn’t tell us what we want to see. I’m constantly going back and forth with whether I want to weigh myself or go on how I feel, how my clothes fit, etc. A scale certainly can help keep you on track, but I’m with you –being aware of how you feel and what you’re doing to stay healthy is just as, if not more important, than a number on a scale.

  • Katie

    The fitbit is easily the best purchase I’ve ever made. It gave me the kick in the butt I needed and now I’m motivated as hell. The changes I’ve seen in my body, in the last month, are amazing.

    • RoniNoone

      I’m loving it!

  • Stacie

    One lousy week doesn’t mean a thing! Particularly when you KNOW you haven’t done what one does to gain 4 lbs!

    My numbers:

    HW: 279.8 (1/1/13-ish)
    Last week: 239.8
    CW: 237.4 (down 2.4)
    GW: 169
    H: 5’9.5″
    Age: 28

    Happy to see a loss this week – although I’m not sure how much I actually deserve it. But I’ll take it anyway. For the month of July, I’m down 2 lbs net. That’s it! 2 lousy pounds in a whole month. I’m trying to remind myself that any loss is a good loss, but it seems like I just wasted the month! I know that I’m struggling because my eating hasn’t been on plan and my workouts haven’t been as intense as they used to be. I know all of this, yet…

    • RoniNoone

      …we still obsess. As you said, you know better. Keep trucking. The numbers will work out in the end!

  • mary

    I’m so glad you posted the fitbit comparison to the weigh in. I think it totally drives home the point that there are various shades of gray with the number on the scale. And sometimes we can do all the right things and yet not see a loss. Way to set the example Roni!!

    • RoniNoone


  •!/pattyaizaga Patty

    I think “screw you scale” is a common phrase this week. I haven’t been weighing in regularly and decided to get on the scale this week. It wasn’t pretty but it wasn’t awful. I know I have some room for improvements and I’m working on that this week.

    • RoniNoone

      You’ve got this Patty!

  • Dana

    Roni – great message about many variables contributing to the number on the scale. I am/was a member of a couple of Facebook weight loss groups and people would seemed stressed about a point 2 (.2) lb weight loss or gain. There are so many other things to judge healthiness on.

    • RoniNoone

      There really is.

  • LisaM

    I am sure the number on your scale is solely the result of getting back into your normal eating/exercise routine. The same thing happens to me every time I travel – I am relieved when I get back that I got away with relaxing my routine a bit, then I get back to business, & always then have a gain. But that fades if I keep up with what I should be doing. I had a novel experience this week. I saw a new doctor, & the appointment was immediately after my usual lunch of a ton of salad. Of course the number on the scale was higher than it had been in the morning, & I was totally unconcerned about that. But the doctor intimated that I should lose a few pounds. I got mad & defended myself! Told her my BMI is in the normal range when I weigh in first thing in the morning, & that should be enough to make her happy. She looked a little surprised at my wrath, but she backed down…

    • RoniNoone

      I’m sure it is but I’ve also been indulging. A lot! It’s all good. And good for you for standing up to the doc!

  • AmyW

    This is technically my first weigh-in on Roni’s page. I have been doing weight watchers for about 6 years. I lost 70 lbs in the first year and since than have put back on about 20 lbs. I am back to tracking and exercising regularly to get those lousy 20 lbs back off again and changing my lifestyle for good so I don’t have to do this again.

    Roni, you are such an inspiration to all. You rock and love all the work you put into your sites to help keep us motivated.

    My numbers:

    HW: 224 (June 2007)
    Last week: 178
    CW: 176
    GW: 155
    H: 5’8″
    Age: 35

    • RoniNoone

      SO glad you joined us!!

  • Imacrazymomof4

    Hw: 200+ when pg
    Cw: 130.4 (+1?)
    gw: 120′s
    Age: 43
    Ht: 5’6
    I forgot to weigh in last week and possibly the week before. I’m a little over my goal but its summer for cryin out loud! I’m not guna get all bothered by it. Weight fluctuates!!! and I know that summer is going to be more chaotic and unpredictable. It’s all good. I laugh at the scale because I know I’m fine and tomorrow it’ll be something different…it’s not a constant.

    • RoniNoone

      Love this comment! lol I’m picturing you laughing at the scale.

  • stephkdesign

    This made me feel better. :) I weigh myself every morning (I have to right now with such a big number to lose) and after losing 1-2 pounds every day and working HARD and eating right, I had a 2 lb gain this morning. I felt discouraged. I shouldn’t have though. MY body is getting tighter and my clothes are fitting better. So whatever to the 2 lbs. As long as the general direction is down, I’m happy. :)

    • RoniNoone

      And that’s all that matters.. the overall direction! Don’t worry about the details.

  • Ashley

    Rough week for me too! I have been walking and even jogging a little with my little one. But we had a few picnics and my eating wasn’t as good as it could have been. Getting back on track this week! Keep rocking it. If you feel good that’s what matters right?!
    HW: 207
    CW: 184.6 (+ 1.2)
    GW: 165

    • RoniNoone

      YES! That’s really all that matters, isn’t it?

  • Suzie

    Such a great reminder that the scale is just one tool for feedback! I am just getting started after having my first baby, I managed to gain 55 pounds during pregnancy and am working to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and then lose a bit more. Not sure what my ultimate goal is yet!

    HW: 255
    Last week: ?
    CW: 224.4
    GW: 199
    Height: 5’6″
    Age: 31

    • RoniNoone

      I wouldn’t even worry about it! Just keep moving forward, your goal will emerge.

  • Brenda

    I’m with you. First I wasn’t and then I did. Disappointed with it shows another gain. Could be so many things pms included. I admit I am a little discouraged and thought about going back to counting calories and daily weighing but I don’t want obsess again about everything so I think I will continue to make better choices and eat intuitively as best I can.

    • RoniNoone

      That’s where I am too.

  • Alyssa @

    I can seriously bloat up to ten pounds overnight. I’ve asked my doctor, I’ve tried diuretics… it just is what it is. Good for you for recognizing that 4 pounds aint nothin’ in the grand scheme of things! You rock!

    • RoniNoone

      It’s amazing isn’t it? I can “Gain” 5-6 overnight easily.

  • Bitch on a Diet

    I decided to do a scaleless wednesday today because except for the past three days, I have been doing really well. And I ddin’t want the last three days to make me feel bad enough to just sa “screw it”. so instead I decided i know what i need to do and I don’t need the scale to do that for me. I’ll be back weighing in next week though

    • RoniNoone

      Good for you knowing what you need!

  • Cheryl

    Amen!!!! Great insight Roni.

  • Dukebdc

    My scale is up 4 pounds from 2 weeks ago. I’m not wondering why or cursing the scale. I have been breaking all my personal rules lately – drinking my calories, eating past the point of fullness, and eating again shortly after a meal (ie: ice cream directly after dinner, rather than letting dinner settle and the craving pass). Back up to 131 – almost where I started back in October. Sigh. Sometimes I feel like I’ve learned nothing about long-term maintenance. Tomorrow is another day.

    • RoniNoone

      Don’t beat yourself up. We all go through these times.

  • nancyabc

    Roni you must be developing really strong muscles–just look at those healthy arms you pointed out a few weeks ago–doesn’t muscles weigh a bit more but burn more fat??
    For two yrs I have gone up 25 pds and then lost it–now I have got to lose it again but at least I am trying and not giving up like so many times in the past.
    I can do this.

    • RoniNoone

      YOU CAN!!

  • dcrunnergirl9

    great post – i definitely needed that reminder that there’s more to being healthy than the number on the scale. :)

    • RoniNoone

      There really is even though sometimes that’s all we focus on.

  • Paula

    I know all about the scale NOT reflecting the work. As I am 15 pounds from goal, even when I am eating well & exercising the scale sucks. I just recently decided to put the damn thing in the closet and follow a better, cleaner, diet than I was and give it 6 weeks minimum to see changes. If not, like anything else, I will try something new. Not everything works for every body. Your blog really has given me the “screw the scale” attitude and keep working at and succeeding at losing the last 15!!!! By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    • RoniNoone

      Thanks and AWESOME! I’m so glad you put it away!

  • Kimberly Anne

    This week I joined a challenge to win 50K at my gym. I am so excited, and my trainer is all over it too! I think he wants a cut. I completely revamped my eating and I am down a little over 2lbs and comfortably back in the 160s again. I feel like when I see 15? on the scale that I will literally lose my mind. lol I finally feel motivated. This weekend is my 1 yr wedding anniversary, so I am going away…we will see how that affects the scale next week.
    Glad to see you are in a happy place regardless of what the scale says.

    • RoniNoone

      wait… $50,000?! That’s insane!


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